Today’s Fashion Headlines: Friday, January 10, 2014

January 10, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Vionnet To Release New Bag

After just more than a year as the creative director and chairman of the Parisian label Vionnet, Goga Ashkenazi has launched a new bag style for the house called the Mosaic. The bag is named Mosaic because it is a series of smaller parts pieced together to create a whole, and it was inspired by Madame Vionnet’s collaborations with Italian futurist-cubist artist Ernesto Michahelles, aka Thayaht. It comes in two styles. The larger version features a structured rectangular “base” that can be carried on it own or as a clutch.

Different “faces” that serve as a contrasting flap and strap to the bag, which is snapped on, and finally, a third component, the pouch, which zips onto the back of the face and can be easily zipped off for a grab-and-go of the essentials, i.e., credit cards, keys and phone. The bags, which will hit stores at the end of June, retail at approximately $1,500 for the large base, $1,300 for the smaller; the faces start at approximately $885 and $665 for large and small, respectively, depending on the materials.

Barneys Enters Wearable Technology Market with Exclusive Product

Luxury specialty retailer Barneys New York will collaborate with Opening Ceremony, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Intel on wearable technology pieces. Barneys was selected as the retailer for this project to present the new product in the store’s gallery-style layout. Barneys caters to fashion-forward consumers, so carrying a trendy tech accessory is on-brand for the retailer.

To launch the project, Opening Ceremony will design a smart bracelet that will be sold exclusively at Barneys, making the retailer one of the first luxury store chains to carry this type of item, a mix between tech device and fashion accessory. With this collaboration, which was announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Barneys will be able to set itself apart and show that it is current and understands what the modern consumer wants.

Opening Ceremony is a chain of boutiques founded by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who also design for LVMH fashion label Kenzo. Intel will provide the technology for the smart bracelet, which Ms. Lim and Mr. Leon will design.

The project combines Intel’s technology expertise with Barney’s ability to spot consumer trends and the CFDA’s dedication to innovation in fashion. Intel intends for this collaboration to permanently unite the tech company with the fashion industry.

Riccardo Tisci Collaborating with Nike

A special collaboration between Riccardo Tisci and Nike is said to be in the works, and could be announced as soon as today. According to sources, Givenchy’s creative director has been in talks with the activewear firm, and odds are the partnership will center around a special sneaker design.

It’s not the first time Tisci has collaborated with Nike, or designed a limited-edition sneaker. In 2010, he curated a special editorial project between artist Marc Turlan and Nike. Tisci also contributed a design to Converse’s Addict All Star line in 2011.

– Selicia Walker

Sources: WWD, LuxuryDaily.com

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